Catacombs of Terror Review

Catacombs of Terror

By Stanley Donwood

Scratter & Pomace

Valpolicella is a PI in Bath and he is told that he’s going to be arrested for murder in a few days and the only way to circumvent this looming fate is to investigate the company that runs the CCTV, who are also doing an archaeological dig just outside of town.

As the tagline reads – “Guns! Drugs!! Pigs!!!” you’ll be glad to know you get all of those things in spades.

There’s an amusing “How this book got published” story at the beginning  – created for the fundraiser that funded the book – about writing the book for a cider-fuelled bet with a publisher, the rise of Amazon, rare book dealers and other insalubrious dealings…

The book itself romps along running on whiskey, cigarettes and lines of coke with an amiable narrator and enough of a plot to leave you guessing. There’s a rather abrupt end but on the whole it’s a very enjoyable read.

It’s worth mentioning that the cover is fantastic, the paper edges are red and overall it’s a very handsome book to have on your shelf.



Published by suttope

Pete W Sutton is a writer and editor. His two short story collections – A Tiding of Magpies and The Museum for Forgetting – were shortlisted for Best Collection in the British Fantasy Awards in 2017 & 2022 respectively. His novel – Seven Deadly Swords – was published by Grimbold Books. He has edited several short story anthologies and is the editor for the British Fantasy Society Horizons fiction magazine.

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